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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Melody In My Head: Love and Music In Texas, Book 2





I am really excited today! It's like Christmas! Okay....not really, but I am so happy to be revealing the cover to my next release, coming hopefully late July, THE MELODY IN MY HEAD!

For those of you that have read Baby Stetson, this is Jameson's story. 






 Blurb: Welcome back to Harmony's Echo, Texas.....

Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she's fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination. 

She's alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?

Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he's ever loved. Each lonely day he's faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the 'music' of his past. 

The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can't be ignored.

Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all...

If she doesn't flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.



Excerpts: 

The door shut softly behind them. Jameson grabbed the lantern from the porch and held it out to Melody. “Here. Hold this. We'll need a little bit of light.” She took it hesitantly from his hand. Jameson turned away and smiled.
Carefully holding the guitar case, Jameson climbed the ladder resting on the ride of the house. He should take it down, but until now, he'd forgotten about it. He set the guitar case at the edge of the roof, then glanced down at Melody. “Okay, hand me the blankets and the light.” He called to her. Stepping down a few rungs, he reached for the requested items. Once on the roof, he peered back at her again. “Come on up!”
“Jameson, what are we doing?” But she was laughing. When her head appeared at the top, he held out a hand to her, helping to ease her up onto the roof. He'd already set one blanket down for them to sit on. The other he brought for her in case she got cold.
“Getting a great view of the stars.” Jameson pointed. One of the things he loved about living in a small town was being able to see the sky at night. One of the best views ever. Melody settled next to him on the blanket, staring at the same direction.
“It's beautiful. I can't remember the last time I just stared at the stars.”
It had been awhile for him, too. But he knew when the last time he'd been up here.
Jameson set the lantern at the edge of the blanket and turned on the light. It was bright enough for them to see, but not too bright to ruin the view of the stars. “Are you cold? If you are, I have an extra blanket.” He pointed to it, next to the guitar case. “The only thing I forgot to grab was something to drink.”
Melody laughed. “I'll forgive you, you thought of everything else.”
He enjoyed the sound of her laugh.
Jameson shook that thought away and reached for his guitar.
“Do you do this often? Come up on the roof late at night with your guitar?”
“Not in some time.” Jameson held the guitar, pulling a pick out of the case and strummed a few chords. “Sometimes, I need a different environment other than the garage, you know? Nice thing is, there aren't a lot of neighbors nearby, so I'm not disturbing anyone. “
“It is nice.” Melody mused, lying on her back. She crossed her arms behind her head.
Jameson started to play the chorus to a popular Taylor Swift song. He even sang along, raising his voice a few octaves to mimic the sound. Melody turned her head and laughed.
“I'm not sure that song fits your voice,” she teased. She rested her head on her elbow, now interested in watching him.
Jameson stopped mid-play. “No? Damn. Here I thought I was being all cool.”
That got another giggle out of her. “You are cool! Just...sing a different song.”
“All right, all right. I'll find another song, since my Taylor impersonation isn't appreciated.” Jameson pretended to pout, which made Melody laugh again. He was on a roll, and his plan worked. The mood had been lightened. “Okay, how about this?” He started to play and sing an older Shania Twain song.
Melody sat up, covering her mouth with her hand. He could see her body shaking as she tried to hold in her laughter. “You know, Jameson, that don't impress me much, either.”
Pretending to be hurt, he put the guitar down. “What am I doing wrong? Is my singing that bad? That's a first. Usually, I win them all with these songs.”
“Oh Jameson. You're so funny.”
“Okay, one last time, and hopefully third time will be the charm. Are you ready?” Reaching for his guitar again, Jameson watched her as he started a new tune. This time, he played the tune to the song he'd been working on with her. Even in the dim light, he noticed her face light up as he sang the first few lines from her song.
“You win, the third time is the charm. Now that fits your voice. Brava!” She clapped her hands.
“How about you sing it with me?”
“Oh, no. I don't think so.”
“Oh come on. Let's serenade the stars. Maybe we'll catch one falling.” He pleaded. “It's your lyrics. I'd love to hear from coming from your lips.” As he started over on the guitar, he shot her what he hoped was his best pout.
“You're relentless!” Melody exclaimed, raising her hands in defeat. She still smiled, though.
When Jameson got to the chorus, Melody chimed in. He had to force himself to keep going as he listened to her voice. She was pretty good! She had this soft, gentle ease about her voice. It didn't ring out with a lot of power backing her up, but she had a sweet sound that radiated into his mind. He lowered his voice a little bit to let her shine. He couldn't keep his eyes off her as he watched her lips move, and heard the words.
When they stopped, it was his turn to applaud. “You have a great voice. You sounded really good, Melody.”
He wasn't sure, but he thought she was blushing. Melody turned away from him for a second.
“Thank you, Jameson. I'm not one for the spot light, but that was really neat to sing my own lyrics.”
“You know, we're still looking for a song or two to add to our demo. I like this one a lot. What would you think about putting the finishing touches on it and playing it for the band?” As shy as she was about these things, would she even go for that? The words really were great, and he liked the melody he'd put to her words.
“I- are you serious?” She sounded caught off guard.
Jameson nodded, setting his guitar down once again. “I am. I like the way it's progressing. And when you sang with me just now, I liked the idea of having a back up on it. It would be a great addition.”






Fun Facts about The Melody in My Head, and the Love and Music in Texas Book series.
  1. Jameson's character wasn't originally going to be a good guy. (I know, I know...what was I thinking?) As I wrote Baby Stetson, he surprised me and grew on me. I loved him so much, I had to give him his own story and HEA.
2.Melody's character actually had a part in another book. I had her backstory and plot figured out a long time ago, I just had no idea I'd pair her with Jameson and send her to Harmony's Echo, Texas. But it worked out so well! Love it when I can combine story ideas!

    1. I used Keith Urban's intense guitar playing for inspiration when I pictured Jameson playing the guitar. Yes, it's no secret I have a huge celeb crush on Keith, but it's more than that. He's a talented guitar player and he puts his all in when he plays, and that's why I used his image for Jameson.....Honest








    2. Here are some lovely blogs I want to give a special shout out to for helping me unveil Jameson and Melody's cover!  There may be some other fun facts on these blogs that I don't have on mine. :)   (I'm still adding to this blog list, and there will be a few others on Friday as well) 


      Book Addict Mumma

      mjdresselbooks.

      Diane Burton's Blog

      Kary Rader's Blog

      D'Ann Lindun's Blog

      Harlie's Books

      Hesperia Loves Books

      Under The Covers Book Blog

      Melissa Keir's Blog

      A Passion for Romance




From now until the end of July, Baby Stetson, the first in the Love and Music in Texas series, is discounted to just $.99. You'll meet Jameson in this book, and then you can get his story when The Melody in My Head comes out.

Baby Stetson Blurb:

In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she's never lacked for love...only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works the Inn, but by night...Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good...stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn't matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony's Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery's ignited within, he's intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn't want Avery to know.

Each time they're near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

Add this book to your goodreads list!


http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17341981-baby-stetson

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Stetson-Music-Texas-ebook/dp/B00BWIE1GI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363971733&sr=1-1&keywords=Baby+Stetson

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baby-stetson-nikki-lynn-barrett/1114866006?ean=2940016243566

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Baby-Stetson/book-rP9VC1UvlEqgaOrJJXLatw/page1.html?s=91X-oMVbn0aPh2Tu_jejRw&r=1


Other books by Nikki Lynn Barrett

The Secret Santa Wishing Well

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16159845-the-secret-santa-wishing-well


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

My Sexy Saturday: June 15th

Welcome! This is my first time participating in My Sexy Saturday. I'm really enjoying these themed little hops to where we can share excerpts.

Here is a sexy snippet from my contemporary romance, Baby Stetson. This book is filled with plenty of chemistry, as my hero and heroine have a strong attraction to one another, even though at first they do their best to deny how they feel.



BLURB: In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love ... only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works at the inn, but by night ... Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good ... stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.

Each time they’re near the other, things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.




My Sexy Saturday Excerpt:


       Avery lifted her eyebrows.  “What, you thought I’d come to your room in the middle of the night, a raging lunatic and demand to know why you kissed me and ran off?”  The image caught her off guard, and a giggle escaped her throat. 

The corners of Lucas’s lips lifted, then he looked down, chuckling.  “Well, if you’d have done that, we could have finished what we started.” 

Zing!  Heat brewed in her belly, sending her into a fit of odd sensations. 

“I’ll have to keep that in mind.”  

“Oh?  Is that a threat, or a promise?”  Lucas grinned, leaning closer. 

“You know, you probably shouldn’t be flirting with an innkeeper’s daughter.  Because if you mess with me a little too much, I may have to clog your toilet or something,” Avery teased.  She loved it, but if anyone walked in right now and saw this... 

Lucas reached out and clamped her hand in his.  “Bring it on, and you’ll see if you won’t end up in my bed, suffering my wrath.  Or enjoying it, whichever comes first.”  His eyes bore into hers, an intensity so strong it gave Avery goosebumps.  Lucas noticed this, took advantage and trailed a finger up her arm, only agitating the goosebumps and making them grow bigger.  Avery pulled her arm away and backed up, still watching Lucas.  He licked his lips, his tongue darting out as if he was trying to tease her.  Oh, good gracious this man was like the devil! 


I hope you enjoyed the snippet! There's many more sizzling tension between these two in the book. 




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Baby Stetson for Kobo

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Be sure to check out some of the other My Sexy Saturday Snippets! Grab a fan and prepare yourself for some full steam ahead! 






Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday: June 2





Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday! This is a fun weekly hop that allows readers to get a chance to view snippets from authors work. This could be a work in progress, a completed but unpublished story, or a published work.  There's usually a little something for everyone, so hop along and maybe you'll find something new to read!


Now, I'm switching things up a little. I've been posting snippets from Baby Stetson the past few months, but today, I'm going to be sharing an unedited snippet from The Melody In My Head, which is book 2 in the Love and Music in Texas series. This book features Jameson Grant, Avery's ex and the lead guitarist for the band Baby Stetson. This is a snippet between Jameson and Melody. I hope you enjoy!



     Jameson set the bag on the table and followed the sound. Not only was she playing the guitar, but she was singing, too. She sat on the stool in the middle of the garage, wearing a white half sleeved shirt that showed enough skin to drive him crazy. She had her legs crossed and her hands gracefully strummed the strings.    

She was beautiful. She seemed at ease, her eyelids half shut as she played her heart  out with the song. Jameson made sure to stay out of sight. She hadn't caught on that he was there yet, and if he made her aware of his presence, she might stop. He wanted to hear more.  Good God, her hands on his guitar, he wanted those hands back on him.

She finished the song. Jameson had to catch his breath before popping in, clapping and grinning. She practically jumped from the stool and she put that guitar down quick.  “That was beautiful. I didn't realize you played!” 

“Oh! Jameson, you startled me. I'm sorry, I had no idea you were home already. I couldn't help but pick up the guitar..I just, I felt compelled.” She was blabbering and apologizing for nothing. Jameson crossed the room, closing the distance between them and gathered her in his arms. 

“Melody, why would you apologize? You keep doing that, and I can't understand why.” Jameson kissed her forehead, then threaded his fingers through her hair. She looked up at him with wide eyes.  “I'm not mad at you, angel. I loved what you were playing.” He dipped his head and took her lips again, nibbling on the bottom one. When he pulled away, he smiled. “ Not to mention how hot it was to watch your hands move on my guitar. It made me think of a not to distant morning when your hands were doing something else.” 

That got her to laugh as she leaned against him. “You crack me up, you know. Thank you for the beautiful flowers and the card.”


There you have it!  I'll be working on revisions for The Melody in my head, and I can't wait to shine it up and release it to the world. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

You can add this book to your Goodreads TBR!
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17928959-the-melody-in-my-head